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Five American foods the rest of the world finds disgusting

CheezWhizThe internet is a deep, dark, judgemental place. Here’s a take from a Reddit [a popular social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website] thread on non-Americans addressing this question: What American food do you find most disgusting? Here are five foods that foreigners just don’t understand.

Hershey’s chocolate

The most common word used to describe the taste of Hershey’s chocolate is “vomit”!

While Hershey’s is never described as being the best American chocolate, it is the most famous and is therefore the most widely consumed by visitors to the US. Why do some people detect a hint of vomit in the ubiquitous bar?

Hershey’s chocolate reportedly contains butyric acid, which can also be found in parmesan cheese, sour yogurt and, yes, vomit. The chemical in return gives the chocolate a distinct tanginess rarely encountered in any other brand of chocolate. 

Canned or processed cheese

American Cheese, along with its evil cousins Cheez Whiz and Easy Cheese, appears to many outsiders as a science experiment gone horribly wrong.

While most Americans respect american cheese for its ability to melt and meld so deliciously with beef fat on a burger, we can all safely agree with the rest of the world’s opinions regarding other “cheese products”.

Fast food

While most countries have their own beloved fast-food options, American chains are the most popular on Earth.

Granted, when someone visits the US for the first time, they might be curious to try out fast food in its natural habitat. The consensus, though, is that fast food in America, especially KFC, is way too salty and lacks basic integrity.

Too much ice

While lots of non-Americans mention US beverage sizes, there was another aspect of drink consumption that even more commenters touched on: America’s love of ice.

Every cold beverage in the US seems to be composed of mostly ice, according to these commenters. In many other countries, if you want ice in your drink you’ll have to ask for it.

Excessively sweet baked goods

Apparently American cakes, pastries and even breads are too sweet for foreign palates.

Americans do consume more sugar per capita than any other country in the world and that sweet, sweet goodness can be tasted in just about anything you can imagine.

Processed bread contains a surprising amount of sugar and most of the cakes Redditors mention appear to have been grocery store sheet cakes, which are sweet enough to make your teeth vibrate.


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